Karl Ove Knausgård wins Brage award!

Knausgård won the prize for best work of fiction for My Struggle - First Book . The Brage award is the biggest and most prestigious Norwegian book award.

In their announcement, the jury said the following about the winning book:

" My Struggle - First Book is the first part of Karl Ove Knausgård’s anticipated 6-volume novel. Nevertheless, this book is a great independent literary masterpiece. The author’s strong style and mastery of substantial thinking is present already from the supreme first sentence: 'To the heart, life is simple: it beats for as long as it can.' With these words, Knausgård stretches out the extensive existential canvas in one single heartbeat: To the heart, life is simple. To man, it is not. In My Struggle - First Book, Knausgård moves closer in on a character than what we usually see in literature. He exposes his main character and his surroundings with a merciless, but unbiased eye. The fact that the author obviously is strongly rooted in his own biography, gives the novel a universal – rather than private – quality. The main topic in the book is the narrator’s relationship to his father. Knausgård manages to write about this complex relationship in an uncompromising manner, with convincing psychological insight. Threads of shame, guilt, distance, admiration and intimacy are plied together to form a vibrating literary string. The novel ends, temporarily, with the most magnificent cleaning scene ever seen in Norwegian literature. There are tears, many tears, in My Struggle - First Book, but Knausgård never becomes whining or sentimental. This is one of the novel’s most powerful aspects: The author manages to move the heart, without allowing cheap literary tricks to corrupt the text. With My Struggle - First Book, Karl Ove Knausgård has written an extremely hot-blooded and interesting novel."

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